Sneed had a career-best 28 points on 8 of 11 attempts from the floor and 9 of 10 makes at the free throw line to help snap the Dolphins’ (4-5) three-game losing streak. The point total ties Ashley Williams’ 28 points against UMass on Nov. 23, 2007. Williams also holds the record at 32 against Charleston Southern (11/23/06).
Not to be outdone, freshman Briona Brown had 14 points (10 of 12 FT), 11 rebounds, four blocks and four steals in the win.
“I was very pleased with how we played today,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “Everyone had a hand in this win. Tracie was stellar in the game. She and Maggie produced the senior leadership we needed to get the job done today. We only have a little time to enjoy this win before another tough test Tuesday.”
The Dolphins hit 25 of 30 attempts (83.3 %) at the free throw line, while Sneed and senior Maggie Wilson made six of JU’s seven three-pointers. The Lady Tigers (4-6) finished with a game-best 38.1 field goal percentage (24-63).
Erin Hogue recorded 14 points, 10 boards and two steals off the bench to lead Savannah State. Ezinne Kalu had 13 points, while Jasmine Norman also finished with 10 boards to go along with her nine points.
In the second half, JU stretched its lead to 46-37 at 12:32 on a jumper from junior Jade Cargill. The Lady Tigers used an 11-2 run, capped on a Norman layup, to tie the contest at 48 all with 9:12 remaining. Less than a minute later, Sneed connected on a three-point to give the Dolphins a 51-48 lead. A Kalu layup trimmed the Lady Tigers’ deficit to 54-50 (6:41), but Wilson connected on a three-pointer in the next possession and Sneed had another three-point play to put the game out of reach for JU.
Wilson finished with 10 points for the Dolphins, while Cargill had eight points, nine boards and four steals. Junior Stephanie Edwards had seven points, eight rebounds and six assists to help the cause.
In the first half, the Dolphins opened with a 12-2 lead on a steal and layup by Cargill at 13:55. A Kalu three-pointer helped the Lady Tigers rally and cut the deficit to 17-14 (7:29). Savannah State trimmed the lead to 22-18 with 3:38 left, but free throws from the Dolphins help build a 35-21 lead at half time.
The Dolphins return to action Tuesday against Troy at 5 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Arena. Admission is free as part of the Sixth annual “Free Night” sponsored by Sea Best Seafood.